We are called to be joyful even in the most distressing external circumstances, because “the Lord is at hand.”
We’re just as capable of being wicked tenants as the chief priests and elders to whom the parable was first told.
The source of Jesus’ authority is the same as that of John the Baptist.
The householder in Jesus’ parable acts from mercy, giving the workers what they need, rather than what he owes them.
Forgiving those who have hurt us can be one of the most difficult demands of the Christian Gospel.
When a fellow church member sins against us, we offer them opportunities for repentance and reconciliation.
No profit comes unless it is by denying ourselves, taking up the cross, and following faithfully over time.
Our spiritual task is to die to self and live to God.
Jesus, expressing divine empathy, chooses a parenting metaphor.
Our Lord does not disdain to experience the opposition that his Church faces.